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X-Country Performs at Invitational

By Agnieszka Reiss
team member

The women's cross country team placed second in a field of seven teams in last Saturday's Connecticut College Invitational meet.

The entire team performed well on Connecticut's extremely hilly course, and scored only 51 points to the host's 21 while holding 3rd place Fairfield to 79 points. According to coach Joe Sousa, the MIT women "tried hard to run together in order to be able to help each other stay focused through a tough course, and were quite successful at it."

Leading the Beavers were Agnieszka Reiss `95 and Marjorie Delo `95, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Stefanie Spencer `93 was close behind, crossing the finish line in eleventh place, and Gowri Rao `93 and Evelyn Kao `95 followed in fifteenth and seventeenth. Cynthia Mowery `93 and Ann Marie McAnich `96 came out of the woods a few seconds later, giving MIT depth, which is essential for any team.

"Today's race was a total team effort," said Delo. "Everybody ran as well as they could." Kao concurred, saying, "I'm very happy with our improvement over the past few meets. Hopefully we'll be able to keep it up as the season goes on." Not only the front group but the entire team has been running closer and closer together in every meet, developing strength and depth.

Sousa was pleased, too, explaining that MIT is starting to pose a threat to teams that have beaten the Beavers soundly in the past. "There is still a lot of work to be done, though," he added. "We're about halfway through the season now, so there are many challenges out there for us. Hopefully we will be able to meet them."

The next such challenge is this afternoon, when MIT travels to Wellesley.